Publications

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– Cuthill, I.C., Allen, W. L., Arbuckle, K., Caspers, B., … Merrill, R.et al. The biology of color. Science: 357 eaan0221.

Davey, J., Barker, S. C, Rastas, P., Pinharanda, A., Martin, S.H., Durbin, R., W.O. McMillan, Merrill, R.M., & Jiggins, C. D. (2017). No evidence for maintenance of a sympatric Heliconius species barrier by chromosomal inversions. In press Evolution Letters

 Mérot, C., Salazar, C., Merrill, R.M., Jiggins, C.D. & Joron, M. (2017) What shapes the continuum of reproductive isolation? Lessons from Heliconius butterflies. Proc Roy Soc B. 284: 20170335

Montgomery, S.H. & Merrill, R.M. (2017) Divergence in brain composition during the early stages of ecological specialisation in Heliconius butterflies. J Evol Biol 30: 571-582

Nadeau, N., Pardo-Diaz, C., Whibley, A., Supple, M., Saenko, S., Wallbank, R., Wu, G., Maroja, L., Ferguson, L., Hanly, J., Hines, H., Salazar, C., Merrill, R.M., Dowling, A., ffrench-Constant, R., Llaurens, V., Joron, M., McMillan, W.O., Jiggins, C. (2016) A major gene controls mimicry and crypsis in butterflies and moths. Nature 534: 106-110

Davey, J.W., Chouteau, M., Barker, S.L., Maroja, L., Merrill, R. M., Baxter, S, Simpson, F., Joron, M., Mallet, J., Dasmahapatra, K. & Jiggins, C.D. (2016) Major improvements to the Heliconius melpomene genome assembly used to confirm 10 chromosome fusion events in 6 million years of butterfly evolution. G3 6: 695-708

Montgomery, S.H., Merrill, R.M. & Ott, S.W. (2016) Brain composition in Heliconius butterflies, post-eclosion growth and experience dependent neuropil plasticity. J Comp Neur 524: 1747-1769

Merrill, R.M., Dasmahapatra, K., Davey, J., Dell’Aglio, D., Hanly J.J, Huber B., Jiggins C.D., Joron, M., Kozak K., Llaurens V., Martin S.H., Montgomery S.H., Morris, J., Nadeau N.J., Pinharanda A.L., Rosser N., Thompson M.J., Vanjari, S., Wallbank R.W., Yu, Q. (2015) The diversification of Heliconius butterflies. What have we learned in 150 years? J Evol Biol 28: 1417-38

Merrill, R.M., Chia, A., Nadeau, N. (2014) Divergent warning patterns contribute to assortative mating between incipient Heliconius species. Ecol & Evol 4: 911-917

Merrill, R.M., Naisbit, R.E., Mallet, J. & Jiggins C.D. (2013) Ecological and genetic factors influencing the transition between host-use strategies in sympatric Heliconius butterflies. J Evol Biol 26: 1959-1967

Van Dirk, R.E, Eising, C.E., Merrill, R.M., Karadas, F., Hatchwell, B. & Spottiswoode, C.N. (2012) Maternal effects in the highly sociable weaver, Philetairus socius, may exacerbate brood reduction and prepare offspring for a competitive social environment. Oecologia 171: 379-389

Merrill, R.M., Wallbank, R.W, Bull, V., Salazar, P., Mallet J., Stevens, M. & Jiggins C.D. (2012) Disruptive ecological selection on a mating cue. Proc Roy Soc B 279: 4907-4913

Merrill, R.M., Gompert, Z., Dembeck, L., Kronforst, M.R., McMillan, W.O. & Jiggins, C.D. (2011) Mate preference across the speciation continuum in a clade of mimetic butterflies Evolution 65:1489-1500

Merrill, R.M., van Schooten, B., Scott, J.A. & Jiggins, C.D. (2011) Pervasive genetic associations between traits causing reproductive isolation in Heliconius butterflies. Proc Roy Soc B 278: 511-518

Merrill, R.M., & Jiggins, C.D. (2009) Müllerian mimicry: sharing the load reduces the legwork. Curr Biol 19: R687-9

Merrill, R.M., Lewis, O, Gutiérrez D., Gutiérrez J. & Wilson, R.J (2008) Combined effects of climate and biotic interactions on the elevational range of a phytophagous insect. J Anim Ecol 77: 145-155

Seddon, N., Merrill, R.M., & Tobias, J. A. (2008) Sexually selected traits predict patterns of species richness in a diverse clade of Suboscine birds. Am Nat 171: 620-31

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